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A lot of great equipment! I picked up a lot of gems and will be making videos of these base stations as well as the smaller stuff.
I've also decided to do a free giveaway like I did last winter with one of these units as a way of saying thanks to the fans of Farpoint!

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The battery on my camera died really early on so I didn't get the chance to interview anyone or really get a good amount of video, but this has to be one of the best HAMfests I've ever been to. Tons of great equipment, lots of vintage electronics and loads of good people to talk with.
Thanks to everyone that took the time to say hi to Farpiont Farms, and special shout out to my next door neighbor for reminding me about this place! Hope you feeling better!

I got a bunch of great stuff I'll share with you next week!

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What can only be viewed as a motivational video. I share my feelings about my choice to quit my high paying job in Raleigh,NC to move to the mountains and start a new life.

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Found one heck of a deal on a new Air Compressor for the restoration department here at Farpoint. While the older Husky unit was still working, it struggled to keep up with my impact wrenches and other air tools.
That problem is solved with this new unit from Kobalt. Now I can pretty much run what I want and the tank won't run down.
I've been using it for over a month since this was filled and I find it to be a great, quiet compressor!
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During my cross country trek to recover my 1980 VW Rabbit. I stumbled across this awsome Radio shack. It was packed full of goodies and the staff were super nice.
The best part about this place is that it was busy! i was there no more than 20 minutes and at least 5 customers came in needing help with electronics or needing supplies for something.
Great to see it, and I hope more like this exist!
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I can't recall ever giving a product a bad review, but I did feel the need to make a follow up video on the HD Stacker. I had some concerns about it right after install. I was a little underwhelmed by it's initial performance, and sadly, it has continued to decline.

Before I hear from the peanut gallery on this one, let me explain that I used top dollar quad shielded cabling, the unit is grounded, it has a pre-amp mounted on the antenna and it also has a small distribution amp where the main signal splits off to run the 2 tvs.

I've installed many antenna's over the years and have double checked this one more times than I care to mention. The fact is, it does not preform well for its size and cost. I hate to say that, but after picking up a $20.00 tiny antenna and placing it much lower to the ground than this unit as well as using the supplied cheap rg58 cabling. That antenna has worked better and pickup more channels than the HD stacker has.
It's possible there is a defect that I can't find with a visual inspection, but what ever the cause, I've been wishing I could have found an Archer UV190 to put up there. I may try to replace the unit next spring, but at this point I feel like my days of watching local TV are coming to an end. If it wasn't for ComitTV and METV, I'm not sure I'd ever scan the skys.

I realized that I've never really talked much about the Kubota BX that I bought a little over 18 months ago. It's been a handy addition to the farm and had aloowed me to reduce the amount of time needed to do many tasks. It has also allowed me to do a few projects that I never could have done without it.
The biggest question I had when I bought it was "Do I need the backhoe?" It adds a lot of expense to the unit and takes up room when not in use.
After 18 months of use and a little over 100 hours, I can say that Yes, It was worth it. The backhoe is great when needed and I've needed it enough that I would buy it again.

It's time to talk about the true monster antennas of the hobby. Beam antennas, Stacked beam antennas and Quads.
Back in the day these things could be spotted standing tall above the tree lines hanging off of large free standing antenna towers. Both serious CB users and HAM users consider these to be the game changing item that makes a good setup into a great one.
Be prepared to shell out a lot of money if you want to upgrade to one of these though as you'll need a stout antenna tower, a large HAM style antenna rotor and of course the antenna as well.

Enjoy as it looks like the final part of this series will not be made until next spring. That is when I will finally show some homemade antenna ideas just for CB radio and we'll build one to test how well they compare to a factory MAX 2000.

A lot of people have asked me how I went about adding factory cruise and fog lights to my Mirage. Well, take a look!

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me!

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to pick up an "Open Box" 24K Mr.Cool A/C mini split system.
I watched some install videos here, but felt they glossed over the finer details of installing one of these.
It's quite a job. Certainly not impossible, but more that many people are led to believe when they buy these things. I have no doubt that is why I got such a good deal on the one I bought. Someone got in over their head and backed out.

To sum it up, you MUST have electrical experience, constuction experiance, and be comfortable using tools in order to do this job right. In many cases you will also have to have or hire someone with Air conditioning equipment to evac and charge the system. The Mr.Cool unit thankfully cam equipped with a pre-charged system, but any install errors would have required me to drag out my A/C gauges, an evac pump and a tank of gas to fix it.

Let me know if you have any questions on install and I'll try and help you out.
With all this said, the unit does work great and is very quiet to operate.

Since my first video on Radio Shack went so well, I decided to make it a series as many of you requested. This is Part 2, and it covers the early years of my time with visits to the mall and this great store.
R/C cars, electronic kits, early video games and hand helds drew me into the store and while there I was introduced to the future. Computers and radios!
Part 3 will be all about there Tandy and TRS-80 lines of computers and the final part will cover the many shortwave, HAM, and CB radios that Radio Shack sold.
Enjoy!

Found this gem at a flea market a while back. It's a Radio Shack TRS-102. These were very popular back in the day,and for good reason.
While IBM "portables" existed, they weighed in at around 30lbs and had to be plugged in to work.
Not this thing. Its light, runs many hours off of a simple pair of AA batteries and came loaded with a few programs, 24K of battery backed memory and a 300 bauf modem!
Sounds weak by todays standard, but back in the day it was great!

There are still fan clubs, upgrades, and software scattered around the net for these things and they can fetch a pretty penny if they are clean.

The single most requested video. For some reason everyone wants to know about CB radio linear amplifiers, So i put together a video that covers the history of CB amps here in the states. I also break down the way these amps work, how to hook them up and if you hang on til the end, how the multiplication of power works to show why a 400 watt amp isn't as powerful as you might initially think.

NOTE: I don't advocate the use of illegal amps on the CB band here stateside. I know that in other places more power is legal, but here in the states the FCC allows 4 watts AM and 12 Watts SSB.
Using more than that is like speeding. You can get away with it for a while, heck maybe even a long time, but when you get caught its going to cost you.

This year has been full of ups and downs to say the least. With medical issues, family medical issues and a few minor setbacks on the farm, 2019 started off poorly, but It was time to turn it around.

The simple VW Rabbit has been a favorite of mine since I first sat in one over 30 years ago. I devoted a good amount of time and money running a shop that refurbished these things back before the 2008 economic crash. Sadly I had to part ways with the shop, and every bit of the VW stuff I had amassed in order to make the change to homesteading here in the mountains.
Over 10 years later, I felt it was time to re-visit my first true passion.

Picked up the neat little scanner at the last HAM fest. After programming in over 120 of the 200 available channels I find myself picking up tons of great local action.

Needed to swap out a bad axle on our 2005 Outlander. The job shown here is very similar to just about 90% of front wheel drive cars and SUV's. The cost of taking this in and having it done would have been around $500. I got the axle for less than $100. The only special tool needed for this job is the axle socket, it can be found at Harbor Freight for around $12.00.

Picked up this incredibly nice Radio Shack Shortwave radio. It is a great old school radio with all the features and function I need. The case of this is also used for on e of Radio Shacks CB radios, but I can't figure out what one it was. Overall the unit is a good find and I'm sure I'll have it for many years to some.

The trusty Toyota Echo finally bit the dust. I set out to find a cheap fuel efficient car to replace it with and ended up finding the car I feel best captured the Echo's stabilizes.

This little Mirage is great! Inexpensive, extensive warranty, fuel economy that would make a hybrid blush, and all the features of a modern car.
I just took it on a 700 mile trip for business and it averaged 49.4 MPG's ! The little 1.1 3 cylinder engine mated to a CVT transmission is a great peppy combo. As fast as the Echo with out the need to shift.
I really feel like this is the Geo Metro of it's time, and it's sag so many people passing this one by only to end up with more expensive cars that don't get as good gas mileage.

Recently the FCC started making moves to remove the 2 meter part of the HAM spectrum and reallocate it for other uses. Most see this as huge red flag, and it is to some extent, but in this video I'll talk about a way to let the FCC take what it needs while still preserving slices of the spectrum for HAM radio enthusiasts.

I've had these for years, and sadly it looks like I waited a bit too long. Still it smelled good and looked almost edible!

Since I've been using my Kubota BX 25D a lot more here on the property this year, I decided to do a few upgrades to keep me safer while working. In This video I added some 2 inch wheel spacers to help with the all to common tip over threat. Next time I'll be adding some tire chains to help with winter traction.

I was delighted when the Brinly Corporation contacted me and asked If I was interested in reviewing a product for them. I've purchased and used Brinly sleeve hitch attachments a lot over these last few years on the farm, and I guess I caught their notice!

They kindly sent me this incredible lawn sweep with the optional dethatcher add-on and I got to work to assemble it. I find it to be well made and able to hold a fairly large amount lawn scraps.

In part 2 we'll give it a try on the lawn and see how well it picks up trash and twigs around the property.
In part 3 we will see if its possible to use this as a "poor mans" hay collector for homestead use.

Stay tuned, and THANKS to Brinly for providing Farpoint Farms with such a great new tool!

The fine folks from Anortek contacted me just a week before my grand VW recovery trip was to take place and asked me if I was interested in trying out one of their Hammocks.
I jumped at the chance, and I can say for sure that it was a real blessing! Its a great light weight way to camp, or in my case nap. Although I got my sample for free, I feel like it would be worth the asking price. The fabric breaths, but still acts as a nice wind break, and i liked the straps as opposed to a conventional rope a lot.

For owners of the Echo, one of the minor issues we face is the lack of intermittent wipers. Truth is, I've never really felt the need for them, but it drives my wife crazy so I set out to fix them.
The fix it to get a turn signal stalk from a Toyota Corolla and just swap them out, As you can see its not a hard job at all, and now the wife is happy again!

Finally came across a nice CB radio the other day. Its the Uniden PC78XL. This classic is still made and is a dial for dial twin to the Cobra 29. These can be found on the sued market for a lot less than the Cobra 29 and that makes them quite a bargain!

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It's Erik, Owner of Farpoint Farms here in the mountains of North Carolina.

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